My Father’s Tunes Hannah Seidel Sings and Discusses her chapter in Music, Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers
At age 65, Newton, Massecheusetts resident, Serene Victor, bicycled 3500 plus miles across the US. A bicyclist on Hazon's 2012 Cross USA ride to raise money for sustainable agriculture and food justice, Serene Victor spent many years as an education consultant for The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which is a community of kehillot -- sacred communities -- committed to a dynamic Judaism that is learned and passionate, authentic and pluralistic, joyful and accessible, egalitarian or traditional.
A Day School Leadership Through Teaching)/Master of Arts in Teaching (DeLeT) faculty leader, Serene Victor wrote a daily blog as she rode across the country. You can read the entire blog and share in her vision of the Jewish world, agriculture and nature on this planet and prayers at Serene Bikes
Renna Khuner-Haber grew up in Berkeley, but left for the east coast to attend Barnard College. After completing her bachelor's degree, she returned to San Francisco where she chose the Mission District as her home, and became active in the Mission Minyan community. Sharon Shakked grew up in Tiburon with a more traditional Jewish upbringing, while her husband, Orr, grew up in Israel in a more secular setting. When the two met, Sharon was active in her congregation which Orr soon came to claim as his own. In this segment, both Khuner-Haber and the Shakkeds consider the thoughtful ways they observe Shabbat each week.
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Hannah Seidel is a writer and native of Washington, DC. As the daughter of a rabbi with a tendency to compose new tunes when dissatisfied with the traditional ones, she has been surrounded by Jewish music all of her life.
Hannah recently graduated from Oberlin College, where she studied Religion and English. Her time at Oberlin exposed her to new tunes, new prayers, and new opportunities for Jewish leadership. At Oberlin Hannah led High Holiday services, regular Shabbat services, and taught many of her peers to leyn Torah and Megillat Esther. She was also a member of Oberlin's Kosher-Halal Co-op, which piqued her interest in interfaith cooperation and friendship.
Hannah's senior thesis explored modern Jewish prayers for healing, delving into questions of theology, history, tradition, and the ultimate value of prayer. In the process of research, Hannah discovered dozens of new and rare Jewish prayers, and was inspired to begin writing her own.
After graduating, Hannah became the Jewish Student Life Coordinator at Oberlin Hillel, continuing to serve the community to which she had become so attached. She is currently working on her first novel.
Kimberly Burnham writes in Music, The Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers about the song, Adama V'Shamayim, Fellow editors and authors, Elizabeth Goldstein and Hannah Seidel also bicycled with Hazon on the Cross USA. Rabbi Goldstein rode from Seattle to Spokane, Washington. Kim and Hannah both rode the whole way across the US in nine weeks. Hazon created an amazing mobile Jewish community as we visited over 20 different Jewish communities from very small ones in Aberdeen, North Dakota to large communities in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC and everywhere in between.
To this work, Kimberly Burnham, PhD brings 12 years of finding meaning in Jewish Renewal and music in Colorado (Neve Kodesh) and Connecticut (P'nai Or and Shir Hamakom). In 2013, she bicycled with Hazon, raising awareness and money for sustainable agriculture and food justice. An award winning poet, she won the 2013 Sage USA's story contest with a poem about her nine week 3000 mile Hazon Cross USA journey as she enjoyed the beauty of words, songs and diversity in 20 Jewish communities.
Kimberly founded Creating Calm Publishing Group with Ann White. She uses her social media expertise to help authors, musicians and artists share their gifts more widely.
An integrative medicine practitioner, Kimberly specializes in helping people with brain and nervous system disorders like Parkinson's, Multiple sclerosis, Huntington's, and memory issues as well as chronic joint pain or diabetic neuropathy. Helping clients, she brings not only her training in alternative medicine but her own story of eyesight recovery after being diagnosed with a genetic eye condition. Watch her presentation on improving your vision at the 2012 Raising Consciousness Now Summit. Listen in as Kim and Ann talk about GMOs
Kimberly Burnham joins Elizabeth Goldstein and Ann White in editing the upcoming anthology: Music, The Carrier of Intentions in 49 Jewish Prayers.
Welcome to the Launch For One of Our Current Projects. The expected publication date for Music, The Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers is scheduled to be free as an eBook on Amazon on September 18th for one day.
If you are one of the Authors, Musicians, Cantors, Rabbis, Poets, or Singers involved in the project - Thank you. This is a very special project for Ann White and Kimberly Burnham at The Creating Calm Network Publishing Group and the editors, Elizabeth Goldstein and Kimberly Burnham.
There is a saying that, "A rising tide lifts all boats." In the case of Music, The Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers, an anthology launch lifts all spirits and moves your ideas out into the world. This book is about sharing your experiences so that people can live happier, more connected fulfilled lives because of what each of us shares.
Each of the fifty or so participants (musicians, cantors, rabbis, singers, poets, writers) in this project have been asked to choose a piece of Jewish music, liturgy or Torah passage to focus on as they tell their story of intention and music. The following five questions are guiding the writing process.
1) What is your intention while singing during Jewish services? What do you intend with your song? What does the singing draw you towards?
2) "Music is the carrier of intention, so the intention and focus of the person leading liturgical music is vital to the well-being of the congregation." Do you agree or disagree with this statement? What are your thoughts on this idea?
3) "The intention and focus of the individual listening to and participating in a Jewish prayer service, influences not only their own well-being but that of everyone else around them because the music connects us." Do you agree or disagree with this statement? What are your thoughts on this idea?
4) Is there a piece of prayer, praise or gratitude expressed in music that particularly touches you? Why?
5) Would you like to share a story about the power of music in your spiritual, mental or physical life?
The questions are meant as guidelines to express the way the music touches you and impacts your life and that of your community.